April 27, 2005

The quarterly meeting of the Pine Brook Hills Homeowners Association was called to order at 7:02 p.m.  by Vice President Tim Triggs. 55-60 members of the Association were present.

  • Minutes: Steve Smith moved that the minutes of the January 26,2005 meeting be approved. Param Singh seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Alex Baris gave the Treasurer’s Report and stated that approximately $8000 in dues has been collected so far this year. Steve Smith moved that the Treasurer’s Report be approved. Param Singh seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
  • Garage Sale: Art Markey reminded those assembled of the famous Auxiliary Garage Sale, to take place this year on May 20, 21 and 22. Some sixty people have volunteered to work on the sale; more are needed.
  • Fire Department: Allen Saville, Chair of the BMFPD Board of Directors, reported on the Fire Department “Sting” operation, which resulted in returning convicted felon Tom Robinson to jail. Community meetings to disseminate information from the Anchor Point Fire Risk Assessment of our district have been going well; the next meeting is on May 5, 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Allen has received a request for a sign to be located at the intersection of North Cedar Brook and Linden, to inform drivers of the illegality of throwing lit cigarettes out of car windows. A small fire was started last year from this cause. The matter will be discussed at the next Fire Board meeting on May 9.
  • Water District: Bob De Haas reported that construction of the reservoir awaits final approval from the state on its design. The exact dollar cost of the project is not clear but it will be within budget. Bob expects that construction will begin in late June or early July. If construction has not started by August, it will be postponed until the next year. However, Bob expects that the dam could be complete by the end of this year and could by operational by this time next year. Asked about the water outlook for the year, he replied that he did not know, but that the snowpack for our area is about 70-80% of normal.
  • Newcomers Get-Together: Tim Triggs reported on a successful wine and cheese party for newcomers given by Al and Dianne Whitfield. The hope is to give these parties more regularly, without allowing the newcomers to age quite so long. Square Dance: an all-Pine Brook square dance will be held on Saturday, July 30th. Because of possible dam construction, location is uncertain at the moment. If the Community Center is not available the dance will be held at Pam Creswell’s house. 
  • Deer Sign: plans are underway to obtain a wildlife sign from the County to alert motorists on Linden Drive to the presence of deer.
  • Donkey Tail Spurge (also called Myrtle Spurge): Don Baer discussed the explosive growth of donkey tail spurge in the district and explained that last year’s problem is now a crisis, for the following reasons: 1. The spurge is invading our hillsides. 2. It deprives wildlife of grass and other forage. 2. It is a threat to human health. Don provided “Spurn the Spurge” bumper stickers. Param Singh demonstrated a map indicating where the spurge has been spotted from the road. Residents have received notification from the County that donkey tail spurge is a noxious weed that must be removed.
  • Forest Health: Suzanne Adams described the “Beetle Buster” program to identify bark beetles and dwarf mistletoe and work for their reduction in the district. More volunteers are needed; those wishing to join the group or to request a no-cost, no-obligation inspection of their trees should contact Tim Triggs or Suzanne.
  • Re-cycling: Pete Palmer distributed copes of The Ecocycle Times and discussed the philosophy of conserving landfill through re-cycling. Several ideas were mentioned, such as using cups that can be recycled, composting, and returning plastic bags to King Sooper or Albertson’s.



·        Election of a Nominations Chairman for the 2006 HOA Board: Param Singh nominated David Hummer, who, although absent, was elected by unanimous acclamation.

·        Blessing/Dedication of the Reservoir Site: After discussion of the proposed project, Toni Erickson and Cindy Watson volunteered to organize a ceremony to mark the beginning of the reservoir project. Jim Eyster suggested that there should be some festivity when the reservoir is completed.

·        Mountain Lion Issues: There have been a number of recent sightings of mountain lions and several dogs have been taken. Don Baer mentioned the lioness and two kits seen on his property in the middle of the day. The discussion ranged from some who felt that the lions should be removed, to those who pointed out that the lions keep the deer population in check, and we knew there were lions when we moved here. The County wildlife officer says that they don’t remove mountain lions both because the County isn’t big enough (a lion’s range is 20-40 miles) and because removal would mean death to the lion. A suggestion was made that we investigate tagging the lions so that we can see whether the population is increasing. Making loud noises and carrying a 12 gauge shotgun were recommended as deterrent measures.

·        Airplane Noise: Gail Loveman reported that the City Council is currently in the process of creating a ten year plan for Boulder Airport. For anyone disturbed by the noise of tow planes, now is the time to act. Information can be found at QuietSky.org. 

As there was no further business, Param Singh moved that the meeting be adjourned. The motion was enthusiastically passed, as the group was eager to hear the delightful performance by Malcolm Watson, violinist, whose music entertained the audience until shortly before 9 p.m. 

 Respectfully submitted,

Suzanne Adams, substituting for Eleanor Patten, Secretary